The A-Z Bookish Survey

Welcome back to my Thursday book tag! This week is a little different, because it’s not a straight-up book tag, it’s more like a survey. I found this on A Cup of Wittea, and decided I absolutely had to do it. I’m not going to bother with dividers like I usually do on book tags, because this one is so freaking long!

I really love doing things like this, discovering what I know about myself and what I want to be able to talk to others about. I always read everybody’s answers to them, and I hope that someone discovers something by reading through my own.

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Author you’ve read the most books from:

Ooh, I’ve done an entire blog post on this! If you want the short version, though:

  1. Lilian Jackson Braun, author of the Cat Who series, coming in at a whopping 32 books!
  2. Erin Hunter, author of the Warriors series, coming in at 30 books!
  3. Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, with 17 books!
  4. Kathryn Lasky, author of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, at 16 books!
  5. Lynne Ewing, author of The Daughters of the Moon series, at 12 books!

Best sequel ever:

I don’t know if Furiously Happy counts as a sequel to Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, but it really should. It’s a wonderful memoir by one of my favorite bloggers ever, Jenny Lawson. Both of her books are memoirs, actually, and I am anxiously awaiting whatever she is working on next. She is absolutely one of my auto-buy authors.

If we’re talking actual books, though… I’m not sure. I will say that every book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage got better and better as time went on, and so did the books in The Expanse series by James SA Corey.

Currently reading:

I am currently reading like five books. I’ve got Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan MacNeal, Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Johnathon Strange & Mr Norrel by Susanna Clarke, and one of the many thesis books that I’ve got on my list that I can’t keep track of which one I’m currently reading.

Drink of choice while reading:

I don’t really eat or drink while reading. If I do, I’m probably out somewhere for lunch, and I’ll most likely be drinking water. If I ever have a really nice night to myself, I’m going to clean up the bathtub, mix myself a fancy cocktail, find one of the Lush bath bombs I’ve received, light some candles, and enjoy myself.

E-reader or physical book?

It’s always going to be physical books for me. I’m running out of space (see a few questions down where I talk about how many bookshelves I have!), but I still buy every physical book I can get my hands on. It’s probably some sort of addiction, and I don’t know if that’ll translate very well when I buy a house with my future husband and we have to have a room just for our books.

I do have a Kindle, though, and I use it for NetGallery ARs and such. Sometimes there will be a good sale on a book that I’ve been wanting (thanks, BookBub!) and I’ll buy it in the ebook format instead of trying to get my hands on a physical copy.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

Considering that the person I dated in high school turned out to be an abusive sociopath, I’d probably say that whichever fictional character I dated would have turned out to be along the same lines.

I’d have loved to date Frodo Baggins, but he probably would’ve been too old for me.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

I’m so glad I picked up The Android’s Dream. My boyfriend at the time (now thankfully ex) recommended it to me. He’d picked up the audiobook, and I was looking for something to entertain me on the long drives I had for work that summer. I was hooked from the very first sentence, and I’ve since discovered John Scalzi’s other works, and am just as impressed with them as I was with this stand-alone.

Hidden gem book:

Man, I feel like I’m running out of things to talk about here. I would call The Android’s Dream a hidden gem, because it’s not something that you really hear about much. Ex-Heroes is another one of those hidden gems, because I’m sure that most of y’all haven’t heard of it (unless you’ve been reading my blog, and if so, yay!). There are a lot of niche books out there, but I haven’t been able to read a lot of indie-published titles lately due to my job and my thesis work.

Important moment in your reading life:

The fact that I pre-ordered a book (actually, fully admitting I ordered five copies) that contains a copy of my own short story, Darkest After Dawn, in it. You can buy a book that I contributed to! I’ll be able to read my own words in print, in an actual physical book, not just printed out on regular copy paper. That’s something that I don’t know if I’ll ever wrap my brain around.

Just finished:

The last book I finished was The Nest, and you can check out the review I wrote about it here.

Kinds of books you won’t read:

I won’t read romance novels. They’re all the same, boring trash, and it makes me even sadder when awesome fantasy/science fiction books throw in a relationship element, because the majority of these books don’t need them! Just let the crazy action-packed scenes happen, and don’t worry about trying to force these two (or three, or seven) characters into some sort of relationship! Let them just have fun!

Longest book you’ve read:

I’m sure the Song of Ice & Fire books, because they’re all in the high 100s and low 1000s range, I believe. There’s also freaking Ulysses, where the guidebook that shows you how to read the book is actually longer than the book itself. I don’t know if I can pinpoint the exact longest book I’ve read, but I know I’ve read a lot of long books.

Major book hangover because of:

I don’t know if I can answer this question. I don’t think I’ve ever had a book hangover before. However, if Ulysses counts, I’m going to count it. I couldn’t straighten my brain out for weeks after I finished that book and the subsequent essay I had to write on it. I’m so glad I’m done with it.

Number of bookcases you own:

Let’s see. There are three at my parents’ house (two big ones and one small one); there are four at my current apartment (one big one, one 9-cube, one 6-cube, and one 3-cube); and then there’s all the ones in my parents’ office that have a lot of my kids’ books on them (probably two more are just full of my books). I have so many bookshelves, and I need to get some more, because all of the ones I do have are already double-stacked.

One book you have read multiple times:

I’ve reread so many books so many times. The Book Thief, for one. The Phantom TollboothThe Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit. And so many more. If I named all of the books I’ve reread, we’d be here for hours.

Preferred place to read:

At the moment, I don’t have a preferred place. I’m in the middle of moving everything from one place to another, and I’m really not sure what I’m doing about 99% of the time. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll get myself a nice comfy chair and make myself a beautiful little reading nook, but for now, I guess I mostly read on my bed.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Man, this is a hard one. I don’t know about any quotes that give me “all the feels,” but I’m sure there’s something out there. I mean, there’s this one, which gives everybody a few shivers:

“I am haunted by humans.” (The Book Thief)

And I’m sure there are many others. I just can’t think of them off the top of my head. Why don’t you go read The Book Thief in the meantime? I know you’ll find plenty of other memorable quotes in that one, at least.

Reading Regret:

I regret some of the books that I read because I read them due to their popularity and ended up having to force myself to slog through them. I felt like I had to read them, that I had to keep up.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series):

Pretty sure I need to finish the Gone series by Michael Grant (I stopped buying them because they changed the covers on me…). There’s also the Septimus Heap series, where I own all of the books but can’t bring myself to finish that last one. I also know that there are several other series out there that I have yet to finish, but I can’t remember them off the top of my head because it’s been so long. I’m sure this blog post will help.

Three of your all-time favourite books:

We’ve just got to go with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi, and, of course, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. You just can’t go wrong with any of these books, no matter what your age.

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

At the moment, I don’t really have a book that I’m super excited about that’s coming out. I’ve got a few pre-ordered on Amazon, and those are Woman World (which started as a comic series on Instagram and I pre-ordered as soon as I heard it was going to be a book) and the Zelda encyclopedia, whose release date keeps getting pushed back (and back and back and back). Since I don’t work in the bookstore any more, I’ve really fallen behind what’s popular and what’s not.

Worst bookish habit:

I used to have this bad habit of doing this weird thing with the book pages. It wasn’t exactly crinkling them, and it wasn’t folding them, but it left the pages of a lot of my childhood books absolutely ruined. The only way to really understand what I did would be to show you, but that’s a little difficult in words.

Your latest book purchase:

The last books I bought myself were Children of Blood and Bone Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, probably about three months ago. I still haven’t finished them. The most recent book that’s made its way into my possession is an introduction to calligraphy book that my boyfriend bought for me on Sunday.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The last one I remember staying up late to read was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I had to stay awake until I finished it, and I finished it around three or four in the morning. When I finally woke up the next day, I handed it straight to my mother, who also read it in just one day. She now recommends it to everyone who comes through the library where she works.

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Well, that ended up not being quite as long as I anticipated, but now we have reached the end. I feel like I just ended up saying the same books over and over again, and I’m sure somebody got bored halfway through and closed the tab or clicked the back button. That’s okay. If only one person found a new book to read because of this, I would have done my job.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you have any suggestions for me? What would your own survey look like? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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